SUNSET PARK — A Sunset Park physician has been busted for criminally selling prescriptions for controlled substances from a family medical practice, authorities said.
Shaikh Monirul Hasan, 56, was arrested about 11 a.m. Tuesday at his office on 37th Street and charged with 32 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
Bail was set at $2 million during his arraignment Tuesday afternoon.
After months of investigation, an undercover detective observed Hasan write a prescription for 120 milligrams of oxycodone pills in the name of a woman who was not present and whom Hasan had never met, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
Investigators also learned that Hasan had allegedly written 31 prescriptions for 120 oxycodone pills in the woman’s name between February 2010 and January 2012.
Hasan also allegedly sold 3,840 oxycodone pills prescribed in the name of the woman.
Investigators seized $150,000 in cash and several one-ounce gold bars as well from his home in Woodmere Tuesday, prosecutors said.
"Dr. Hasan abused his medical license by using his prescription pad to flood Brooklyn streets with highly addictive oxycodone pills," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.
"Hasan was arrested after NYPD detectives found that he was subsidizing his Sunset Park medical practice by writing prescriptions in the name of patients he never met and then selling the prescription to a third party.”
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan praised the collaborative effort in nailing Hasan.
"As charged in the indictment, there was not even a pretense of delivering medical care in this case," she said. "It is rare to come across a physician who so blatantly and callously uses a hard-earned medical license to dispense prescriptions to phantom patients in exchange for a fee."
Each count of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, a Class C felony, carries a maximum penalty of five-and-a-half years in prison.